People like to trash free and open source software. They like to mindlessly regurgitate statements that others with vested interests against free software have made. You will hear statements like, “You get what you paid for,” or “You can use free software if your time has no value.”
But, the same people use free and open software every day. All the big websites are running on Linux. None of them would dare to use Windows server. Even Apple, the bastion of proprietary software uses open source code derived from Unix. Mac OS has its origin in Next OS, which was Jobs version of BSD Unix when he left Apple. Check your iPod menu for the option named Legal. There you will find the license of FreeType font rendering engine. (Steve Jobs refused to let the FreeType project bypass his font patents and yet he used it in his own projects.)
For example, take Microsoft Word – the software which gets crappier with each new version. Let insert a new row in a table. Pretty common and routine? This should be simple, eh? No! Every time you need to insert a new row, you need to go through multiple levels of context menu options.
That crazy fool, Julie Larson Green, the woman who introduced that fat and ugly ribbon menu. I hate her. She is the one behind that stupid and useless Windows 8 operating system as well. “THIS FAT RIBBON THING DOES NOT HAVE AN OPTION TO INSERT ROWS WITH JUST A CLICK. THEN WHY IS IT THERE, TAKING SO MUCH SPACE?!” She says she introduced the Metro tile screen because she says she did not want to introduce another version of Windows with just the same interface! “Well, everyone eats through their mouth. You want to try an alternative route for a change?” The option to insert a row with a click is in the Layout menu. Did you miss it? Of course, you did. Because there is also a Page Layout menu, a Table Tools menu, and a Insert menu. None of them have it. The nondescript Layout menu is the one hiding it.
In Open Office, everything is pretty simple. There is no confusion. The moment you choose to insert a row, all the options are out there for your choosing.
If you choose to do it using the toolbar, there is still no confusion.
Just by letting something named as ribbon or charms, you are not empowering women. You are empowering idiots.
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